The collection contains Herbert Aptheker's professional correspondence with other academics, Marxist scholars, as well as
his correspondence from his presidency of AIMS [The American Institute of Marxist Studies] with people interested in Marxism
; manuscripts, printed articles, and books written by Aptheker; family correspondence and information on the Aptheker family
in general and Bettina Aptheker in particular; the research files and manuscripts belonging at one time to W.E.B. Du Bois
and given to Aptheker at the time that Du Bois moved to Ghana in the early 1960's; and the manuscripts and supporting documents
related to A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE NEGRO IN THE UNITED STATES, Vols. 1-7.
Dr. Herbert Aptheker, historian and lecturer, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 31, 1915 to Benjamin and Rebecca (Komar)
Aptheker. He married Fay Aptheker on Sept. 4, 1942; they had one daughter, Bettina Aptheker, an author and historian in her
own right. Aptheker received his B.S. in 1936, an A.M. in 1937, and his Ph.D. in 1943, all from Columbia University. He also
holds a Ph.D. (honorary) from Martin Luther U., Halle, Germany , 1966 and a DHL (honorary), University of Massachusetts, 1996.
103 Linear Feet
(approx. 200 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
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Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Accession 2002-251 (9
linear feet, includes correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual materials), 2003-221 (3 linear feet), and 2005-227 (2 linear
feet, includes 32 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, and additional correspondence) are closed until processing is complete.